How Much Control Do You Really Have Over Your Actions? These Brain Regions Provide Clues

Philosophers have wrestled with questions of free will — that is, whether we are active drivers or passive observers of our decisions — for millennia. Neuroscientists tap-dance around it, asking instead why most of us feel like we have free will. They do this by looking at rare cases in which people seem to have lost it. Patients with both alien limb syndrome and akinetic mutism have lesions in their brains, but there doesn’t seem to be a consistent pattern. So Ryan Darby and his colleagues turned to a relatively new technique known as lesion network mapping.

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